Jamaica is the island of one love, a place for the romantic to find dreamy vistas, and beautiful surroundings. From the seduction of nature to the elegance and intimacy of couples resorts, Jamaica has everything for those in love. It’s the ideal place to begin a new chapter together by proposing to that special someone or even having a destination wedding and honeymoon. With the holidays around the corner and Valentine’s Day approaching, here are but a few of the locations in Jamaica that would make any proposal magical.
Light, clean, Caribbean cuisine is the very essence of the culinary experience at Round Hill Hotel and Villas. This luxurious property on the outskirts of Montego Bay has satisfied the appetites of celebrities and royals for over 50 years. Under the direction of Executive Chef Martin Maginley, Round Hill preserves its long-standing reputation for excellence by giving guests an interactive and fresh taste of Jamaica.
When one hears the words Hedonism, Negril and Jamaica strung together, whatever images, thoughts and beliefs that come to mind, I am sure they have absolutely no bearing on the word Zen. Zen on the other hand conjures images of mediation, Buddha statues and serenity. Zen “is a total focus that incorporates a total togetherness of body and mind”. Zen is a way of being, a way of life, and a state of mind. Hedonism 2 purports to be the “sandbox for your inner child with pure unadulterated self-indulgence of your mind, body, spirit, and soul.”
One could argue that the celebration of one’s hedonistic side would ultimately satisfy one’s mind, body, spirit and soul. I see things a little differently. (more…)
The season of thanks for our North American friends is just around the corner. Whether you’ll be opting for a warmer Thanksgiving by spending it in Jamaica, or celebrating with family and friends at home, here are a few ways to spice up your Thanksgiving festivities with a touch of island flavour.
The meal is the meat of the matter, pun intended. Thanksgiving Dinner is a highlight for all who celebrate the holiday, not only for the comforting flavours but for the way it brings people together. Up the ante this year by adding jerk seasonings to your main course Thanksgiving dishes. The flavourful spices blended together in jerk seasoning can add that extra kick to your turkey, or any other meat dish.
Up the winding hill above the heat of Kingston to a white marker in the road, we were led on a downward path that ended at a gate surrounded by greenery, flowering plants and fruit trees. The fresh cool air of Irish Town at 9:00am awakened all 6 senses, including the one that foretells of a good time. This was our introduction to Belcour Estate, the home of Belcour Preserves.
Tourism is one of the main economic drivers in the Caribbean and the Tourism Outlook Seminar will address the topical issues the industry faces today. The 6th annual Tourism Outlook Seminar (TOS) will take place under the theme “Tourism: Enhancing Social and Economic Impact” from November 20 & 21, 2014 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. TOS is a forum for Jamaican and regional tourism stakeholders to share ideas, examine best practices and discuss strategies for advancing Caribbean tourism.
TOS 2014 will examine the following topics:
Registration is open now. For more information and to register online go to www.visitjamaica.com/tourismseminar
The first staging of the Soul in the Sun Music Festival served audiences with memorable performances from some of the biggest names in soul music. Sized up to be the festival not to be missed come 2015, Soul in the Sun featured artistes such as Regina Belle, Keith Sweat, Jeffrey Osbourne, Freddie Jackson, Johnny Gill and Dru Hill among others. The nostalgic performances of the two-night concert highlighted the songs of yesteryear, with audience members singing along verbatim till the wee hours of the morning at The Aqueduct in Montego Bay. From “Make It Like It Was” by Regina Belle to “Nobody” by Keith Sweat, the smooth lyrics belted by powerful voices transformed the event into a romantic escape, an ideal event for a couple’s vacation.
Read, see and hear more about the Soul in the Sun Music Festival via Jamaican bloggers Irie Diva and Odessa. They’ve detailed the show, from before and during, including a recap for Night 1 and Night 2 plus an interview with Regina Belle.
Jamaica hosts a wealth of biodiversity found in the tropical forests, wetlands and other eco-systems that stretch across the island. One particularly rich area is the Cockpit Country, over 500 square miles of Karst limestone topography, spreading across three parishes and containing the highest diversity of plants and animals on the island. Hundreds of underground caves, rivers and streams populate the area, formed by the work of rainwater on the naturally porous limestone which constitutes the area’s soil.
Through the Southern Trelawny Environmental Agency you can explore the Cockpit Country and all its wonders. Their Cockpit Adventure Tours offer a chance to discover the natural treasures hidden in Jamaica’s interior, not your usual vacation activity. Take your pick, from nature walks, agri-tours, picknicking, herbal tours and caving adventures, all located in the parish of Trelawny, midway between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.
If one thing is certain about Jamaica, it’s that you can find a diverse selection of accommodations across the island that not only fulfil your needs but exceed expectations. Within the past two years, hoteliers have added to Jamaica’s esteemed collection of resorts as well as renovated and re-branded to provide guests with an even better holiday experience. Here are a few pending opening hotels that you may want to consider for Winter 2014-5 vacations and beyond.
Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara: Formerly the Ritz Carlton Golf Resort & Spa Rose Hall, the Hyatt Ziva and Hyatt Zilara combine to form an all-inclusive resort experience with 621 luxury suites. Scheduled to be opened in November 2014, the Montego Bay resort will afford all guests with ocean, pool and dramatic resort views.
Take in the wonders of Jamaica; but first- take a selfie! Jamaica’s natural beauty, heritage and unusual locales are so intriguing and special; you’ll feel obliged to share them with the world. As you enjoy the simple pleasures of our little island, snap a selfie or two so you’ll never forget those special moments you’ll most likely cherish forever. Here are a few suggestions for interesting photo ops:
Blue Mountain Peak: The 4 hour trek up 7,402 feet, the highest point on the island, warrants a celebratory selfie or two! You championed the cold, fog and countless encounters with strange bugs and now the world deserves to know. In fact if you really want to make a statement –begin your journey before 2am to catch the glorious sunrise for an even more astounding backdrop for your selfie. After this your selfie game is sure to peak! (more…)